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Local News

  • Glenwood Man Arrested On Murder Warrant

    A 25-year-old Glenwood man has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in connection with a January homicide in Council Bluffs. 

    Ryan McDonald was arrested Friday morning on the 300 block of North Hazel Street by officers from the Glenwood Police Department. He's being held without bond at the Mills County Jail.

  • Flood Advisory Work Group Tours Pacific Junction Area

    Members of the Workforce and Housing Work Group, a subcommittee of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Flood Recovery Advisory Board, made a visit to Mills County last week to gather information and get a first-hand look at the impact this spring’s Missouri River flooding has had on the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Pacific Junction.

  • Flood-displaced Residents Ponder Buy-out Options

    Stay or go?

    As a second round of severe flooding hits western Mills County, many displaced residents are considering that very option: stick out what is expected to be a years-long recovery process or simply cutting bait and moving on.

    The former option, and the potential of government-funded buy-out of these flood-prone properties, appears to be gaining traction.

  • Here We Go Again - The Flood Of 2019

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was in southwest Iowa Monday afternoon to get a first-hand look at the latest round of flooding to ravage lowlands along the Missouri River in Mills and Fremont counties.

    “There’s more (water and flooding) than I anticipated,” Reynolds said during a visit with local elected officials at the Pacific Junction Fire Station.

  • Purple Heart Flight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wounded veterans and Gold Star families spent a memorable day together in our nation’s capital Friday, visiting military memorials and sharing memories of loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice during service to their country.

    More than 100 veterans were joined by dozens of Gold Star Family members on the Purple Heart Flight, the 13th veterans honor flight arranged by Red Oak native Bill Williams and his wife Evonne.

  • Mills County Jury Finds Ex-East Mills Coach, Teacher Guilty Of Two Sex-related Charges

    A former East Mills teacher and coach could spend up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a school employee stemming from two incidents involving a 17-year-old female student in 2018.

  • Repairs, Improvements To Levee System Vital To Future Of AgriVision's Pacific Junction Store

    Like many owners of businesses damaged and displaced by Missouri River flooding in March,  the management team at AgriVision Equipment Group is taking a wait and see approach before making  a decision on reopening its Pacific Junction store along the 190th Street business corridor in western Mills County.

  • Signs Removed, Love's Has 'No Immediate Plans To Reopen"

    The Love’s Travel Center in western Mills County won’t be reopening anytime soon and the long-term future of the business appears to be uncertain.

    “There are no immediate plans to reopen the Pacific Junction, Iowa, location that has been closed due to the widespread flooding that affected the area this spring,” Chad Previch, external communications manager for Oklahoma-based Love’s stated in an e-mail to The Opinion-Tribune on Monday.

  • Flood Debris Removal Begins In Pacific Junction

    The removal of debris piled up outside flooded homes in Pacific Junction and rural areas of western Mills County has begun.

    Crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) began assisting with debris removal last week from yards and rights of way.

  • Encouraging News For I-29, Highway 34 Repairs

    Two major highways in western Mills County damaged by Missouri River flooding could be reopened to traffic by the end of May.

    Interstate 29 (between U.S. Highway 34 and the Missouri border) and Highway 34 (between the I-29 interchange and Missouri River bridge) are targeted to open to “limited mobility” by the end of the month. Both highways received extensive damage during spring flooding and have been closed to traffic for nearly two months.